Forbes Feature: How Darshita Raval And Mindhappy Are Making Mindfulness Accessible To All

Forbes Feature: How Darshita Raval And Mindhappy Are Making Mindfulness Accessible To All

Mindhappy has been a bit like riding a rollercoaster with a blindfold on—thrilling highs, unexpected twists, and the occasional reality check when we realize we've barely left the station. It's a wild ride, but every moment is driven by our unwavering purpose and the sheer dedication of our team.

Reading Forbes' warm and insightful shout-out felt like a high-five from the universe, refueling our passion to build a community that's not just inclusive but downright cozy—a place that feels like that favorite old sweater you never want to take off.

We all have our quirky ways of coping with life's ups and downs, but we're here to offer something a little healthier, a little more joyful
—something that reminds us of simpler times. So here's to finding comfort in the familiar and crafting smiles out of the everyday. Thank you for the encouragement. We're just getting warmed up!

Here are beautiful words by Steven Aquino :

On its website, Mindhappy has a unique elevator pitch. The company says, “Most subscription services make you consume mindlessly. Ours makes you more mindful.” Mindhappy runs a subscription service whereby it sends customers a mystery box of materials intended to help pre-occupied adults “reclaim their attention” with calming, hands-on activities. The company emphasizes the boxes truly are an all-in-one solution, so a person needn’t google instructions or scour YouTube for how-to tutorials. Everything is provided, with Mindhappy touting they collaborated with 500 small business owners to build projects that do double duty as great-looking pieces of home decor to boot.

Mindhappy is the brainchild of Darshita Raval. In an interview late last month, Raval, whose background is in logistics such as operations and supply chain and who previously worked at Amazon and Boeing, explained after moving to the United States at age 15, she felt “so alone and unhappy” because her previous jobs had her nomadically moving from city to city to city. This constant movement meant she had no roots, no “close knit group of people” around her to provide love and support. She would go on an emotional journey that involved redefining herself, discovering that there were things like painting which brought her joy. One day, Raval found herself in a children’s store and came across a unicorn knitting kit and thought she could do it too. As she told me, the kit was a way to ground herself and unplug from the incessant barrage of notifications on her phone. It was therapy done with decidedly analog, low-tech tools. The kit, she said, reminded her of the pleasure of experiencing tech-free, simple joys. Importantly, it lifted her mood.

These experiences lit the spark for what would become Mindhappy.

“I began to improve my focus, mood, and energy,” Raval said. “Then I began to these activities it with my friends, family and my community. It felt fun and meaningful. That’s when I realized, ‘Okay, this is how I can make a positive impact.’”

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